Scooters & Bikes

How to Choose a Scooter for Children

16.12.2016, 16:48 | Vendula Kosíková
Tags : Tips, Interesting Facts

Every child is different, one can learn riding a scooter right away, some others need a little time to obtain the necessary assurance. If the scooter is light enough, its size corresponds to the child´s age and the footboard height does not overstress the standing leg, nothing prevents the children from enjoying pleasure of riding.

Every child is different, one can learn riding a scooter right away, some others need a little time to obtain the necessary assurance. If the scooter is light enough, its size corresponds to the child´s age and the footboard height does not overstress the standing leg, nothing prevents the children from enjoying pleasure of riding.

Appropriate Size for Children of Different Ages

Just as it is not good to buy shoes a few sizes larger, neither the scooter should be chosen with an idea of a child catching up in size. It will be more difficult for the kids to manipulate a scooter which is larger and heavier. Such a frustrating experience can discouraged them completely.

And that would be a shame. Riding a scooter develops motor skills, sense of balance and brings the joy of exercise in the open air. Additionally, a standard scooter survives several generations of children, and if there is no one to inherit it in your family, you will easily sell it in one of the children's second-hand stores.

Driving Tips

  • Timing
    When is the right time to get a scooter? Usually not earlier than in 4 years of age or when a child grows and has enough strength to control the scooter safely. Children under four years of age will feel more comfortable with a pushbike. For the youngest children, we recommend Yedoo Mau New, for preschoolers Yedoo Tidit New, for older children Yedoo Wzoom New.
  • Provide the children with time to learn
    At first glance, riding a scooter may seem simple and intuitive. Yes, some children have no problems to coordinate the necessary movements and maintain balance. But others need a little time before they figure out how to control the scooter. Therefore, do not push them, and do not give up after an initial failure. On the contrary, encourage them and allow them to be clumsy.
  • Practice alternating feet
    Also practice alternating feet with them, which can be unusual for even the most proficient children. Just take a moment and children will alternate legs with a natural matter of course. This helps to avoid overloading one side of the body and also develops motor skills, which are important for the development of thinking as well.
  • Teach them to curve
    Before riding explain to children that sharp turns are not good for scooters and it is better to curve nicely. Sharp turns make the scooter lose stability.

Small or Big Wheels

Folding scooters with small wheels made of PU rubber, although light (about 3 kg) and handy, are for their wheel size destined only for perfectly smooth terrain. Even ordinary pavement may become an intractable obstacle for them. Folding scooters also have narrow handlebars, which make it unstable and uncomfortable, especially during a longer ride. They are suitable especially for short rides around the city.

Scooters with inflatable wheels are compared to folding ones a little heavier (approximately around 7 kg), but handle all kinds of terrain more comfortably. Additionally, if you have high-quality bearings and well-inflated tires, they go lightly as if by themselves.

Footboard Height

The so-called tread height of the footboard determines how comfortable / strenuous riding a scooter will be. The higher the footboard is, the lower the child will have to squat and the sooner his legs will start to ache. Therefore, take the footboard height as one of the main parameters and look for scooters with a tread height of about 7 cm. It provides sufficient comfort and a good pass through terrain.

The exact distance of the footboard from the ground can be found under the term ride height, or you can easily find out by subtracting the footboard width from the tread height. The higher the footboard from the ground, the better it overcomes uneven terrains and causes less friction. Children usually do not go off-road and the ride height of 4-5 centimeters will be more than enough.

Brakes and Brake Levers

A scooter should have at least one quality brake with a brake lever that matches the child's hand size and which can be adjusted in distance from the handlebars so that it can be reached comfortably even by little children's fingers.

When choosing scooters remember number 7. Recommended scooter weight is around 7 kg, and also the tread height should be about 7 cm.

Wheelbase and the Total Scooter Length

The total scooter length and its wheelbase (the distance between the centers of the front and rear wheels) determine its agility. How easy it is to turn, rotate and manipulate it. The latter parameter is also good to watch for the sake of storage.

Footboard Length

Footboard length is related to the total scooter length. The footboard length does not have to be extra-long or wide, just providing space for one foot is enough. Wide footboard would prevent pushing off and a long one would unnecessarily reduce the scooter agility. The ideal length is up to 35 cm and the width a little bit larger than the width of a shoe. The footboard should also be equipped with anti-slip features that increase safety while driving on wet roads.

Quality Bearings

The ease with which a scooter rides is determined by the bearings. You cannot expect any miracles from cheap machines, therefore bearings are worth paying extra for quality. Bearings, along with well-inflated tires make riding the true pleasure. Already at your first push off you should be flooded by joy so big that you can´t hold it and yell: Yedoo [I am riding] ;-).

Safety First

Each right children´s machine should meet the relevant standards, in this case, EN 14619. There should also be reflective safety features, ergonomic handle with enlarged ends and flush bolts to protect the child from injury.

Test Rides Pay off

All serious customers are advised to take the effort and try the scooter out with your child first. Please find info about the nearest shop at: na www.yedoo.eu/en/contacts  or write us at: info@yedoo.cz. You can choose from these products: www.yedoo.eu/en/products.

Yedoo Mau New for starters aged 4+
Yedoo Mau New for starters aged 4+
Yedoo Tidit New for children aged 5+
Yedoo Tidit New for children aged 5+
Yedoo Wzoom New for riders aged 6+
Yedoo Wzoom New for riders aged 6+

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